As we check out the Jaguars progress over the last couple of years we see that ...
As we check out the Jaguars progress over the last couple of years we see that in 2000 the Jaguars would win two or their first 3 games including the teams first ever 13-0 victory over the Bengals (What a shit out!) However, team’s players suffered injuries that year and their poor plays displayed on the field caused them five straight losses that would end the Jaguars chance in the playoff. The Jaguars would rebound to get their record to 7-7, but they were already mathematically eliminated from the postseason before losing their final 2 games to end the season with a not up to scratch 7-9 record.
In 2001: The Jaguars started strong as they won their first two games while only allowing 9 points. However just like their previous year injuries and poor plays cause them to lose eight of their next nine to lose their chance of the playoffs. The Jaguars would win their next three games, before finishing the season with a terrible 6-10 record. These people had better become organized! Let us see…
In 2002, the Jaguars would get off to a good start winning three straight after losing their season to the Indianapolis Colts. However, the Jags would soon plummet as they lost four straight games including a 21-19 home loss to the Houston Texans. The Jaguars would rebound to get their record back to .500 by beating the Washington Redskins and the Texans in their rematch in Houston. Nevertheless, the Jags would lose five of their last six games as they finished in 3rd place in the newly formed AFC South with a record of 6-10. After three consecutive disappointing seasons, Tom Coughlin the Jaguars original coach and GM got the boot. My mother could have probably couched them better!
In 2003, new Coach Jack Del Rio began to put his best effort in trying to strengthen the Jaguars weak points. Things would not get off to a good start as the Jaguars held a 17-0 lead in Week 1 on the road against the Carolina Panthers, but let it slip away in the final minute losing 24-3. The Jags would lose their first four games as QB Mark Brunnel was shelved with a season ending elbow injury after just 3 weeks. The loss of Brunnel only gave the Jaguars a chance to allow their top draft pick and Quarterback of the future Byron Leftwich get his feet wet. As with most rookies, Leftwich was shaky in his first few games as the Jags won just one of their next four games starting the season 1-7. As the season improved so did Leftwich and the Jaguars as they won three of their last five games to finish the season with a 5-11 record. Following the season, the changeover continued as Mark Brunnel the Jags starting QB since early in their inaugural season was traded to the Washington Redskins.
In 2004, the Jaguars started the season strong as they beat the Buffalo Bills 13-10. They were playing well for a while. Suddenly their gas tank hit empty. They dropped three in a row. After bouncing, back to beat the Chicago Bears the Jaguars traveled to a frigid Lambeau Field and stunned the Green Bay Packers 28-25 to keep their playoff hopes alive.
They did not expect to be shutout at home by the Texans 21-0 in the next to last game of the season. They were surprised to say the least! The Jags would go on to beat the Oakland Raiders on the road 13-6, scoring all their points in the 4th Quarter in typical Jaguar fashion as they finished with a 9-7, which was good enough for 2nd place in the AFC South.
Now in 2005, we see that the Jaguars might be one of the most underrated teams in the NFL. They have a strong defense and a tough Quarterback along with a strong running game when they have gas in their tank and their not on Empty. Look for them to give the teams a strong fight as they sneak into the playoffs.